The meetings offered insight from industry experts' on an array of subjects, including Forecast for the Global Economy, VOC Regulations, and State of MPI and Certification/Education Opportunities for the Coatings Industry.
Axalta's VP and GM for Industrial Wood Coatings, Wade Arnold, presented on Oct. 9, The Future of Industrial Wood Coatings, a session that focused on the future trends and challenges of the wood coatings market. The session highlighted topics related to VOC reductions, performance
Arnold spoke about the continued reduction of VOC emission limits mandated and enforced at state, county, and municipality levels. Arnold also discussed how manufacturers are pushing to differentiate product performance beyond standard industry requirements like durability, abrasion, color/gloss retention, and the application of wood coatings. While speaking about the application of wood coatings, Arnold mentioned the continued push towards automation, footprint limitations and energy use reductions.
"It is a great meeting for leaders to discuss the opportunities in the coatings industry," he said. "This meeting offers attendees exposure to the industry's leading trends."